Rod Rosenstein set to leave U.S. Justice Department

Blanche Robertson
January 9, 2019

Rosenstein has communicated to President Donald Trump and White House officials his plan to depart the administration around the time William Barr, Trump's nominee for attorney general, would take office following a Senate confirmation.

William Barr, Trump's pick to replace Sessions who was sacked soon after the November midterm congressional elections, is set to appear for a confirmation hearing next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which must weigh his nomination before the full Senate considers his approval.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. official overseeing the Russian Federation probe, is expected to resign from his post in the coming weeks, ABC News reported on Wednesday.

Rosenstein took charge of overseeing Mueller's Russian Federation probe after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation.

Speculation about his departure mounted after Sessions was sacked in November and Matt Whitaker began serving as acting attorney general.

"I know the deputy attorney general has always planned to roughly stay around two years".

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Trump has nominated Barr to replace Sessions, but he has not yet been confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who Trump named in November, now has ultimate authority over Mueller and the investigation.

Barr's nomination is likely to meet heavy scrutiny regarding the ongoing investigation, particularly from Democrats, following reports he had written a memo in June questioning the probe. Barr could be installed at the Justice Department as early as February.

ABC News attributed the information to unnamed "multiple sources" in a report posted Wednesday.

Sanders said there's no willingness by the White House to force out Rosenstein, who she said has "a great deal of respect" for Barr, adding that they have a "great relationship".

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